Go Green 

Individuals, these days, are asking themselves what they can do to conserve resources and preserve our environment.  They want to make smart decisions - choices that save energy and money.  The changes that you, personally can do will all make a difference.  No matter where you live, you have options.  This guide will inspire and motivate you, with useful information, about the ways that everyday people can make a difference.   

Economic Benefits:

Reduce operating costs
Enhance asset value and profits
Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health and Community Benefits:

Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
Enhance occupants, comfort and health
Minimize strain on local infrastructure
Contribute to overall quality of life

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Tips for Remodeling

Whether you’re going green, or not, when considering home improvement, it always makes sense to start simple.
1. Consult Energy Star: View www.energystar.gov to explore ways to make your home greener.  The website includes, product information, advice for building and remodeling, and resources for determining your home’s environmental impact.
2. Non-toxic paint: Read the labels, when buying paint, and look for non-toxic products, such as Safecoat.
3. Change lighting: Install compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home.  They last longer than standard bulbs and use about a quarter of the energy.
4. Try a blower door test: This diagnostic test uses a high-powered fan that helps pinpoint where a home is leaking air.  Homeowners can then determine which home improvements will give them the most "green" 
bang for their buck.
5. Conserve water: Buy low-flow shower heads and go to www.rainfordane.org to learn about other items that can conserve water.
6. Decorate local: When buying art, decorations, tables or anything else for your home, try to buy goods produced locally.
7. Install a solar hot water system: Save money in the long run by using a renewable energy source — the sun — to heat your water.

The  Green Building Environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.

In the United States alone, buildings account for:

65% of electricity consumption,
36% of energy use,
39% of greenhouse gas emissions,
30% of raw material use,
30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and
12% of potable water consumption.​

Green Building Environmental Benefits:

Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
Improve air and water quality
Reduce solid waste
Conserve natural resources